Writing Prompt ~ Believe Vs. Belief

Writing Prompt

Writing Prompt: The word believe is a state or stative verb. These kinds of verbs express states rather than actions. Stative verbs aren’t normally used in the continuous tense (though sometimes it is possible). English learners often confuse the verb believe with the similar sounding noun belief. Demonstrate your understanding of the stative verb believe and the noun belief by writing a letter to a friend about about something you heard that you don’t believe.


Dear Maxwell,

I heard from Erica that you are moving to Mexico. I can’t believe this! You wouldn’t leave without saying goodbye, would you? I guess I shouldn’t believe everything I hear from Erica. She likes to make things up. One time she told me that she won the lottery and I believed her. Another time she told me her grandmother died. I can’t believe I gave her one-hundred dollars to help pay for her grandmother’s funeral. She has some odd beliefs too. She believes that birthmarks are war wounds from another life. You know what my beliefs are, right? I believe that our bodies die but our souls live forever. I was raised with those beliefs. Well, I don’t know how I got off track so easily. Anyhow, I believe you owe me an apology and a farewell if you are moving! If you aren’t moving, I’ll be relieved beyond belief.

Call me soon,

One Comment on Writing Prompt ~ Believe Vs. Belief

  1. Haveaball says:

    Dear Lan!
    In fact, I cannot believe the news on your father’s healthy problems what I have just heard from Minh today. When speaking to your father yesterday, I found that his health still very well. I’m really shocked and don’t believe that your father is undergoing treatments for heart disease in hospital at the moment. I know you are very worried about your father’s health status but expecting you to believe in medical team who can help him quickly recover from this complication. Besides I also hope you always have a strong belief in the love of God who can do everything for us if we truly believe in God.
    Take are of yourself.

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